Morphine Addiction: Signs, Side Effects, Detox and Help


Morphine is an opiate-based pain medication used to treat chronic pain. Morphine has the ability to treat short term, long term moderate or even severe pain. Morphine comes in different forms including liquid, IV, and pills. Morphine has a very addictive effect and as a result is not used as a first ‘go-to’ drug by professionals.

Morphine can be easily abused given its powerful nature and the sense of overwhelming excitement it provides. A doctor’s prescription of morphine still exposes you to the chance of getting addicted.  A proper understanding of morphine addiction can give you the help needed to find relief.

Some of the signs of morphine addictions can be easily hidden or suppressed at its early stage. However, in the latter stages these sign are strong and end up becoming noticeable. These signs of morphine are categorized into three parts, physical, psychological and behavioural.

Physical Signs of Morphine Addiction

These are basically things that happen to the physical body. It could be something occurring internally like constipation or externally like rashes or skin color change.

Here are some of the common physical signs of such an addiction:

  • Rashes in small patches
  • Slight change in skin color
  • Recurring drowsiness
  • Sudden and unknown cause for loss of appetite

People who have taken so much dose of morphine are known to have shallow breath and/or difficulty in breathing. This is the most common physical signs of morphine abuse.

Over a period of time of regular intake of morphine the body becomes dependent on it. At this very unfortunate point, the body tricks itself into believing that morphine has to be available for it to function properly. This makes it difficult to stop using the drug.

Morphine withdrawal symptoms occur in anyone who is trying to stop using the drug, even if it was taken for a few days. These symptoms appear and tend to last for weeks as the body gradually regains itself and learns to operate without morphine.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Water in and around the eye
  • Running nose
  • Uneasiness and restlessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat

These withdrawal symptoms are not the same with everyone as it varies from individual to individual. For some it may be a flu lasting for a short while, and for others it could be so severe to the extent that it requires medical attention.

Detox Process

Detoxing is a process that takes several days to even weeks depending on how long the morphine was used. It is advisable that you seek for a licensed and professional doctor having the right training to successfully detox. People often times rely on drugs to detox from morphine which helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Some detox drugs include Methadone and Buprenorphine. Methadone is often administered in place of morphine. This can help the individual successfully rid the body of morphine.

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